2020 Honda Pilot Changes, Elite, Hybrid, Release date

If we can rely on the latest reports, the famous mid-size crossover is about to come with several changes as 2020 Honda Pilot. Since the early 2000s, this model has been known as one of the most versatile crossovers around. The same thing is with the current model, which is present since 2015 and represents the third generation. Considering the usual production cycle, this should be a classic facelift. The focus should be on visual enhancement, though several reports suggest changes in terms of mechanics as well.

2020 Honda Pilot

One of the most interesting novelties should be under the hood, where we could see a hybrid powertrain in the offer, finally. Of course, some tweaks to the list of standard equipment should come as well. Expect to see the 2020 Pilot sometime in the second half of next year.

2020 Honda Pilot Changes

This should be a classic mid-cycle update, which will include various kinds of changes. Of course, the most notable will be those in terms of styling. Though it is still early to say something more precise about the new look, there is no doubt that the Honda will continue with further development of its new design language. Naturally, most changes will come at the front, where we expect to see some rework on parts like headlights, front fascia, grille, and bumper.

Some novelties could come to the rear end as well, in terms of new taillights, rear bumper, and similar things. Despite numerous novelties, the base design will remain unchanged. We will see a familiar look, which offers relatively boxy shape, which is one of the things that makes this crossover so versatile. Also, the 2020 Honda Pilot could come in novelties in terms of colors and wheels design.

2020 Honda Pilot side view

2020 Honda Pilot Interior

On the inside, the is about to continue in a familiar way. Some changes to the dashboard are possible, but the base layout should remain unchanged. This crossover offers plenty of practicality. Thanks to its relatively boxy shape, you can count on a pretty generous cargo volume, as well as on plenty of headroom. The new hybrid version could reduce capacity for a bit due to a battery pack. Still, that reducement shouldn’t be so significant.

When it comes to the list of standard equipment, the base trim level organization should remain the same. The current model is available in five trim levels. Those are LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. So, this refresh could bring new standard features for each of them. In the current version, already the base LX model comes with a quite long list of standard equipment. Some of the highlights are things like 18-inch alloy wheels, 7-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, USB, rearview camera etc. In the 2020 Honda Pilot, a 7-inch touchscreen should finally become a part of standard equipment. Each trim level will gradually add more and more standard equipment.

2020 Honda Pilot interior

2020 Honda Pilot Safety

The current base model doesn’t feature too much standard safety features and that is another aspect where we could see improvements. Some of the advanced systems like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a road departure mitigation system, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams and other features that are available in higher trims could find their place in the base 2020 Honda Pilot as well.

2020 Honda Pilot rear view

2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid

Though some reports suggest arrival of the hybrid powertrain already for the 2019-year model, the 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid seems much more likely. Though we still don’t know exact details. The new model will most likely use the same system that powers Accord Hybrid, which is good for about 212 horsepower and offers amazing fuel economy that goes close to 50 miles per gallon.

2020 Honda Pilot Engine

Besides a new hybrid powertrain, the 2020 Honda Pilot will continue with a familiar 3.5 liter V6. It is good for about 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a new 9-speed automatic transmission, which delivers power to front wheels. An AWD is available as option.

Also, there are reports that the 2020 Honda Pilot could also get a smaller four-cylinder engine in the offer. The new Accord has already replaced large V6 with a smaller and far more efficient 2.0-liter turbo inline-four. This engine outputs slightly less power, but features superior fuel economy, so appreciated thing in these days.

2020 Honda Pilot engine

2020 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price

It is still early to talk about some more precise launch date. We expect to see a new 2020 Honda Pilot on some of the major shows in the next year first. Sales should start in the second half of 2019. When it comes to price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model, which goes in a range between 31.000 and 48.000 dollars.

Competition in the segment is pretty tough, despite the fact that Pilot is one of the class-leaders. The biggest rival is Toyota Highlander, but there are also quality mid-size crossovers like Kia Sorento, Ford Edge, VW Atlas, Mazda CX-9 and others.

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